The similarities were amusing, but Billy Martin, the former New York Yankees manager, was not there for comedy. This was drama.
Saturday in Binghamton, N.Y., where he and his wife bought a home and plan to live year-round, Martin joined the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra for a production entitled "Bernstein! Broadway! and Billy!" The program lasted about 75 minutes, with Martin's portion taking the last 20 minutes.
He did a reading to the accompaniment of Aaron Copeland's "Billy the Kid Suite," a musical tribute to the bad man of the Old West. The modern-day Billy the Kid stood stage-right to read of rowdy days gone by.
"The Old West was wild," Martin said, peering out from under the rim of a black cowboy hat as he read to an audience of about 1,000. "The men were hot-tempered and there were drunken brawls."
Hot-tempered men and drunken brawls?
Honest, he was reading from a script.
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